Municipal councillor Stoelinga of the city of Delft (formerly Leefbaar Delft, currently Onafhankelijk Delft) accused former alderman Baljé of the political party VVD of corruption as a result of incriminating video and sound recordings from 2004 and 2005 of the alderman having several telephone conversations. In total there are approximately four hours of video recordings. A clip of the images is published online here. Baljé summoned Stoelinga, Leefbaar Delft and the person who had made the recordings to appear in court and claimed substantial damages.
Freedom of Expression in the Political Debate
The Court of Appeal rendered its judgment in the proceedings on the merits on 16 March 2010. The Court of Appeal gave way to the freedom of speech [Read more…] about Gondola Affair – Municipal Councillor May Accuse Former Alderman of Corruption